Detroit -

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the 2014 Detroit Auto Show marks the resurgence of the American auto industry.

Stabenow, who is also the co-chair of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, toured NAIAS Monday. She visited the vehicle exhibits for Chrysler, Ford and GM with company executives.

“I’m very excited about the new technology and new designs,” she says. “To see where we were in 2008 when things were really difficult, and to be here now, is just amazing. It feels like a rebirth.”

Stabenow championed the auto rescue, and helped lead the effort to boost the production of advanced batteries and clean energy technologies in Michigan.

“This is pure Detroit, pure Michigan,” she says. “We are reclaiming dominance. Our economic recovery is being fueled by the comeback of the American auto industry. We need to keep making things here in Detroit. This is what it’s all about."

Stabenow also attended the unveiling of the 2015 GMC Canyon Sunday at the Russell Industrial Center in downtown Detroit. She went to that event with her daughter-in-law, who heads the fuel cell team at General Motors.